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Pat Metheny Unity Group Tour in Charlotte
20-time Grammy winner will play music from new album
 
Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
by Staff Reports

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20-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny will perform with the Pat Metheny Unity Group in Charlotte Feb. 14 at Knight Theater.

A 20-time Grammy Award winner, Pat Metheny's versatility as an artist is almost without peer on any instrument.

Last year, for the first time since 1980, the jazz guitarist recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the album “Unity Band,” which won Metheny his most recent Grammy. The album featured Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums and Ben Williams on bass. Now, Metheny has added another musician, multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi and christened the ensemble as Pat Metheny Unity Group.

The group’s first record, "Kin," will be released by nonesuch on Feb. 4, one day after the group kicks off its 45-city tour North American Tour, which stops in Charlotte on Valentine’s Day at the Knight Theater.

Throughout his 40-year career, Metheny has continued to redefine his musical genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve. He’s performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento and David Bowie.

The Pat Metheny Unity Group offers a platform for the guitar wizard to showcase the broad spectrum of work that he has created as a bandleader over the years in one all-star ensemble.

“The core quartet of Chris, Ben, Antonio and me played more than 100 concerts over the year that followed the release of our Unity Band record,” Metheny said. “Over the course of that period, the band become one of those rare combinations of players where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts it gelled in every way, and that just seemed to beg for some expansion… I had been itching to write using more of a lush and orchestrated kind of concept that went beyond the sonic limits of what a straight-ahead quartet might invoke… If the first Unity Band record was a thoughtful, black and white documentary of four musicians in a recording studio playing, this record is more like the Technicolor, IMAX version of what a band like this could be.”

The band’s Feb. 14 program in Charlotte will include highlights from Metheny’s previous award-winning recordings as well as the new ensemble’s highly anticipated 2014 release.

Ticket prices begin at $39.50. Visit blumenthalarts.org for performance schedule or more information.

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